President elect Donald Trump who is currently embroiled in an ongoing battle with the civil rights movement has aimed to quell anger after meeting Martin Luther King III, the son of Martin Luther King Jr the celebrated civil rights activist. The meeting was hoped to negate the negative connotations of Trump’s war of words with long term MLK associate John Lewis. Trump had taken to Twitter earlier in the week to lambaste the civil rights leader as being “All talk”. The reaction to this has been uproar from the civil rights community, who have huddled behind Rep. Lewis.
Whilst deriding the veteran politician and campaigner, he also described the representatives home state of Georgia as “Crime infested”. King III has tried to mediate by insisting that Trump is pledging to stick to his word of being a President for all Americans. Though he did add that while he personally didn’t agree with Trump’s words, there was a need for the country to move forward.
Trump has been embattled the last few days, not least with his war of words with Rep. Lewis but he has also had to endure the loss of a colleague to his team. Monica Crowley was due to join Trump’s National security council as a director of communications. But she has withdrawn herself due to an ongoing case of plagiarism that was highlighted by CNN in a book that she had published. This has now been removed from sale by the publisher HarperCollins.
With just days to go the Trump inauguration trail is gathering pace. But with various walkouts and refusals to attend, the ceremony could be rather empty. Indeed Trump has failed to engage with large swathes of the public in the run up to his inauguration. Indeed there have been several high profile refusals to attend from senior Democrats. Among those is Rep. Steve Cohen who noted “this president ‘semi-elect’ does not deserve to be president of the United States. He has not exhibited the characteristics or the values that we hold dear.”
Indeed Trump has faced an unprecedented volley of abuse from most of the media since his election. But rather than keep a low profile Trump has revelled in the role of comedy bad guy. Indeed his constant Twitter attacks have at the very least kept the media entertained since November. But as the time draws near to him becoming President, many will hope that he puts the phone away and focuses on the task at hand.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.